Who discovered hay fever?

Who discovered hay fever?

Abbiamo imbattuti in un po 'affascinante della storia febbre da fieno sul sito web della BBC News, and thought that it would be fun to share it with you. Read the full article here.

Così, who discovered hay fever?

In in 1819, a Liverpool born London doctor called John Bostock presented a studio per la Medicina e Chirurgical società chiamata ‘Caso di un affetto periodica degli occhi e del torace’. John Bostock had suffered from stuffiness, catarrh and a general feeling of heaviness, every June since the age of 8. The study was based on himself! Some of the treatments that Bostock subjected himself to included bleeding, cold baths, taking opium and self-induced vomiting.

Perplexed by the clockwork timing of his symptoms, Bostock set about broadening his research. Bostock had spent his academic career taking special interest in bodily fluids, in particolare la bile e nelle urine e aveva deciso di usare le sue abilità per la ricerca l'afflizione che è ora definito come ‘febbre da fieno’.

Over 9 anni, Bostock found 28 subjects to study and released a second article in which he christened the condition “catarrhus aestivus” oppure “summer catarrh”. At this point in time, Bostock was alone in his belief that an event specific to the summer season was causing the dreaded symptoms. The medical establishment did not believe there was a problem. By 1928, un'idea era emerso tra il pubblico che le reazioni sono stati causati dalla ‘effluvium’ (smell) from newly formed hay.

Bostock non era d'accordo. He thought a recurring disease, exacerbated by the exhausting heat of summer, was to blame. He rented a clifftop house near Ramsgate, Kent, for three summers in a row, enjoying total rest. His symptoms reduced so much that he “nearly escaped the disease”.

L'aria di mare è diventato rapidamente una soluzione alla moda per una serie di disturbi, come molti seguito l'esempio di Bostock.

La ‘febbre da fieno termine’ was first used by The Times in 1827, when it reported that the Duke of Devonshire was “afflicted with what is vulgarly called the Hay-fever, which annually drives him from London to some sea-port”.

Non è stato fino 1859, when another British scientist named Charles Blackley discovered the true cause of the common summertime affliction. He had sniffed a bouquet of bluegrass and begun sneezing. He cross referenced this with the abundance of grass during the month of June, and from then became convinced that pollen was the route cause. Tuttavia, Blackley non aveva ancora raggiunto la conclusione di ‘allergia’, he believed that the problem was being caused by poisons in the pollen.

Nearly 200 years on, there has been extensive research into causes and treatments for hay fever, ma c'è ancora molta strada da fare. For lots of fantastic information on hay fever and other allergies, visit the Allergy UK website.

To check out our Guide to Managing Allergies, clicca qui. (No blood letting or cold baths, we promise!),

To read the full article on the BBC website, clicca qui.